Dental emergencies can be stressful and painful, but it's important to know what to do in case one occurs. Here are a few tips on how to handle common dental emergencies:
- Toothache: If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss around the tooth to remove any debris. You can also try taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. If the pain persists, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
- Chipped or cracked tooth: If you chip or crack a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling. Contact your dentist as soon as possible. If a piece of the tooth has broken off, save it in a clean container and bring it with you to the dentist.
- Lost filling or crown: If you lose a filling or crown, try to put it back in place if possible. In the case of a filling, you can use a piece of sugar-free gum to hold it in place temporarily. If a crown comes off, try to put it back in place with a toothpaste or denture adhesive. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to have the crown permanently re-cemented or get a replacement
- Lost tooth: If you lose a tooth, try to find the tooth and hold it by the crown (the top part) and avoid touching the root. If possible, try to put the tooth back in the socket, otherwise keep the tooth in a container with milk or saliva. Contact your dentist as soon as possible.
- Bleeding gums: If your gums are bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and gently brush your teeth. If the bleeding persists, contact your dentist.
It is important to remember to contact your dentist immediately after experiencing any of these emergency situations to ensure prompt and proper treatment. Also be prepared with emergency contact information, in case of any dental emergency.
In summary, dental emergencies can be stressful, but it's important to know what to do in case one occurs. Toothache, chipped or cracked tooth, lost filling or crown, lost tooth and bleeding gums are some common emergencies and it's important to contact the dentist immediately in any of these situations to ensure prompt and proper treatment.